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How to cope with the Trans-Siberian Express - tips from The Russia Experience (0181-566 8846).

Is the Trans-Sib like the Orient Express? No, that's a luxury train for tourists - the Trans-Sib isn't. It's a year-round, working service on Russian or Chinese railways, and makes no concessions to tourists at all.

Is it dangerous in Russia? Not really - the Mafia are not interested in leisure travellers. If you dress down and act streetwise, you should be fine.

Do females get hassled in Russia? Levels of sexual aggression towards women are low. Sleeper trains are unisex; the tradition is that men "go for a walk" while the women prepare for bed, then the women look the other way while the chaps bed down.